Senegal team celebrates Mendy for winning FIFA Best Goalkeeper award

The Chelsea shot-stopper was celebrated for his achievement.

Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy beat Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer on Monday, January, 17 became the African to win the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award.

The accomplishment was celebrated in grand style by his Senegal teammates at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The 29-year-old was greeted with smiles and appreciation after he was announced as the winner of the award.

Mendy had an incredible 2021 with Chelsea as they lifted the Champions League and Super Cup titles.

The shot-stopper received the treatment of a hero while being filmed by Senegal and Bayern Munich full-back Bouna Sarr.

He took his official Instagram account to post a message about his victory which said, "What a pride to receive this award today. I am even prouder to be the first African goalkeeper in history to win this title, and I hope to pave the way for many others.

The first word that comes to my mind is THANK YOU. Thank you to my companion, my children, my family and all those around me.

Thank you to the French clubs that trained me and allowed me to evolve. Thank you to my club Chelsea, my coach, the staff and the players.

Thank you to my country, Senegal, my coach and his staff, and all the players of my selection.

I will continue to work hard, as I have always done, to maintain this level of performance and win new titles.

To conclude, I would just like to say: believe in yourself, in your dreams, always give your best, trust yourself, everything is possible."

Mendy will now turn his attention to the AFCON after celebrations as Senegal await their round of 16 opponents.

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